Chatelaine Chef Series

Chuck Hughes on how to choose the best fish

One of the hottest chefs on TV, Montreal's Chuck Hughes, gives us the lowdown on picking the perfect poisson.


Illustration, Veer.

Common sense is really the way to go with fish. Here’s what to consider:

1. Trust your fishmonger
Go to someone who’s working with sustainable product. Do some research and ask questions — you’ve got to make your fishmonger accountable.

2. Give it a sniff
If it smells like bad fish, that’s a bad sign.

3. Look at the eyes
You want beautifully clear eyes.

4. Feel the texture
If it’s slimy or sticky or goopy, it’s not fresh. Look for bright gills too.

5. Buy the whole fish if you can
You get more mileage out of it that way, and if you cook it on a bone you get a lot more flavour too.
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